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December 2007

  Class of 2010   
Columbia’s Class of 2010, culled from nearly 7,300 applications, is an exceptional group of 372. They are gathered here in Morningside Heights at Jerome Greene Hall from places as disparate as rural Indiana and Katmandu.
  
  Human Rights Clinic Exposes Corrupt Oil, Mining Contracts   
African officials who have begun questioning the fairness of oil and mining contracts signed by former corrupt dictators are being assisted in their probe by Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic.
  
  Fagan Commentary on NJ Death Penalty Ban   
Columbia Law School Professor Jeffrey Fagan, an expert on capital punishment, can speak to news media covering the New Jersey legislature’s move to abolish the death penalty.
  
  First-Ever Rankings of Russia's Multinational   
For the first time, new data and rankings will quantify the impressive recent growth of Russia’s Top 25 multinational companies in foreign markets. The rankings, which will be released Dec. 11, 2007, are based on the companies’ foreign assetsand are the result of collaborative research and analysis by SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management and the Columbia Program on International Investment
  
  Columbia Law School Profs Attend Int'l Copyright Conference   
Copyright expert Jane Ginsburg addressed current threats to authors’ rights and discussed whether new business models benefit authors more than investors in a speech given at the 2007 Congress of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale (ALAI) in Uruguay this fall.
  
  CLS Profs File Advocacy Briefs on Two Supreme Court Cases   
In Medellin v. Texas and Boumediene v. Bush, Professors Lori Damrosch and Sarah Cleveland, respectively, may influence the Court with their amicus briefs.
  
  Columbia Law Experts on Baseball Steroid Report   
Columbia Law School faculty with expertise on sports and the law are available for interviews with journalists to discuss the legal aspects surrounding the soon-to-be-released report by former Sen. George Mitchell on steroid use in Major League Baseball. The report was presented to baseball officials Tuesday, and is expected to be released this Thursday.
  
  Berle & Means' The Modern Corporation Relevant 75 Years Later   
The seminal book, by Columbia Law professor Adolf Berle and Harvard economist Gardiner Means, was the focus of a conference attended by academics and practitioners.
  
  CLS Hosts Conference Celebrating 75th Anniversary of Berle Book   
CLS will host an invitation-only day-long conference Dec. 7 to mark the 75th anniversary of the groundbreaking book on business law which the late Columbia Law School Professor Adolph Berle co-authored with economist Gardiner Means, The Modern Corporation and Private Property.
  
  New Study Ranks Brazil's Multinational Corporations   
Brazil’s top multinational enterprises (MNEs) have made the country the second largest outward investor among developing countries in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) outflows in 2006, according to a new survey released today jointly by the Brazil-based Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC) and the Columbia Program on International Investment (CPII) in New York.
  
  New Report Finds NYC To Be A Human Rights Violator   
New York City fails to adequately protect racial minority and immigrant domestic violence victims from abuse and discrimination, says a new report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), drafted in part by Columbia Law School students.
  
  Faculty Books and Articles   
Law School faculty are prolific authors. Here are their new titles and upcoming publications.
  
  Prolific Faculty: Books and Articles   
Check here for a list of articles and books published by Law School faculty.
  
  Columbia Law Experts Can Speak on Gitmo Supreme Court Case   
Columbia Law School experts are available to discuss the Supreme Court cases in which detainees at Guantanamo Bay question the legality of their confinement. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments Wed., Dec. 5 in Boumediene v. Bush and Al Odah v. United States.
  
  Hamburger's Research Highlights First Amendment Erosions   
Prof. Philip Hamburger generated a flurry of debate with the 2002 publication of his book on the origins of church-state separation. His more recent research on First Amendment erosion has created similar buzz. He argues the expanding role of institutional review boards has stunted academic research and violates a core First Amendment principle.
  
  Gerold '09 Named Kelley Drye Scholar for 2007   
Kenneth S. Gerold of the Class of 2009 has been named Columbia Law School’s 2007 Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Scholar. The award provides a $10,000 scholarship each year to a 2L student.
  
  Web Site Shows Drop in Minority Enrollment at US Law Schools   
A new Web site created by Columbia Law School documents a disturbing drop in enrollment by African-American and Mexican-American students in America’s law schools.
  
  Mann Offers Solutions to Credit Card Debt   
The average American carries more than $8,000 in credit card debt. In this essay, adapted from his book Charging Ahead, Professor Ronald Mann suggests solutions for addressing debt and default.
  
  Cross Border Securities Market Mergers Conference   
When the New York Stock Exchange and the Euronext market merged last winter it exemplified a trend in the globalization of financial markets. That trend, and others, will be discussed at the Cross Border Securities Market Mergers Conference presented jointly by Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School on December 19. Christopher Cox, Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will give the keynote address.
  
  Human Rights Institute's Co-directors Plan Expansion   
Sarah H. Cleveland and Peter Rosenblum, the new co-directors of Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, plan to expand on the Institute’s activities as the Institute, a pathbreaker in the legal study and practice of human rights, marks its tenth anniversary.
  
  Three from Class of 2010 Named Sharp Scholars   
Columbia Law School has named three members of the Class of 2010 as Peter Jay Sharp Scholars, one of the Law School's most generous and competitive honors. The award, created in 2003, covers the students' tuition and living expenses for up to $50,000 a year.
  
  Todd Stitzer's Golden Ticket   
Todd Stitzer '78, CEO of the world's largest candy company, Cadbury Schweppes, has received high marks in his four years at the helm in a challenging environment, where the goal is to stay profitable while satisfying the world's sweet tooth.